16 November 2020

Temporary four week Saturday waste collection starts in Ballater from Saturday November 21

Aberdeenshire Council is to introduce a temporary four-week Saturday waste collection service at Ballater starting this Saturday (Nov 21).

The Saturday collection point was suspended at the outbreak of Covid-19 along with various other services across Aberdeenshire to enable council staff to focus on critical activities such as weekly recycling and waste collections.

A decision was subsequently taken not to reintroduce the service, however following recent discussions at the council’s Marr Area Committee, it has been agreed a one-off four-week service will be provided to enable residents to deposit items which may have accumulated during the months of lockdown.

At a change in location, two lorries will now be based in the school car park for four Saturdays from 8am to 3pm commencing November 21.

This service is open to residents only – no trade waste will be accepted – and bookings will have to be made online for each visit at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/recycling/book-recycling-centre-visit/

The booking system will allow us to maintain safe physical distancing and reduce waiting times of visitors to the collection point. A one-way traffic management system will also be in operation each Saturday and motorists are advised to follow signage and instructions at all times.

Materials such as scrap metal, rubble, electrical items and white goods, glass and liquid waste cannot be disposed of using this service and should be taken to the nearest recycling centre to be disposed of properly.

In addition to our regular weekly household waste collections, other waste services do remain available to Ballater residents such as:

Make a booking for the household recycle centre at Banchory at https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/recycling/book-recycling-centre-visit/

Arrange for a bulky uplift on a Thursday - for information on what we collect, fees and how to book, visit https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/bulky-waste-collection/   

You can order additional recycling bins/food waste bins and - if you meet the criteria - you can request an additional general waste bin. For details visit https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/household-rubbish/request-bins/